19 March 2009

Booking Through Thursday: What's to Love?

Here is this week's BTT hosted by Deb. To join in and read other answers, click on through to the meme's blog (here).

What’s the worst "best" book you’ve ever read—the one everyone says is so great, but you can't figure out why?

Here are two that always seem to appear on people's list of favorites. I disliked them both and never even finished the second one.

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Did you love these two books? What did I miss?


Anonymous,  3/19/09, 9:07 AM  

That's funny...I liked Remains of the Day and loved One Hundred Years of Solitude.

The first is very quiet and subtle...you have to be okay with not much happening. And for Garcia Marquez? Well, it can get weird, and there's magical realism, and not everybody's into that.

Interesting selections.

JoAnn 3/19/09, 9:36 AM  

One Hundred Years of Solitude is included in my answer today! I've never read Remains of the Day, and wasn't wild about When We Were Orphans.

Unknown 3/19/09, 9:38 AM  

100 Years of Solitude is on lots of lists today! I want to read it at some point, but I think I'll leave it for a while.

I'm planning to read Remains of the Day soon, I'm not a fan of subtle books, so I have a feeling I won't enjoy it either!

Anonymous,  3/19/09, 10:05 AM  

I loved Remains of the Day, but not until I hit the end and everything came together, so I can understand that. I really disliked One Hundred Years of Solitude. In fact I don't really like anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Not sure why, either.

S. Krishna 3/19/09, 10:27 AM  

I liked 100 Years of Solitude, actually! Haven't read Remains of the Day but I will at some point.

bermudaonion 3/19/09, 10:47 AM  

Since I haven't read either one of them, I can't help you out.

Anonymous,  3/19/09, 11:10 AM  

LOL! Both are on my TBR list! Second thoughts?!

Here is what I wrote

Olga 3/19/09, 11:23 AM  

Yowza, both of those are on my list. I haven't read either of them yet.

Robin M 3/19/09, 12:36 PM  

I haven't read either one so can't help you out there. Not my cup of tea. My post is up now.


Desert Rose 3/19/09, 1:15 PM  

Don't know either one but after reading one book of Garcia I don't think I will touch another book by him.. he scarred me for life :)

Kristi 3/19/09, 1:39 PM  

I started Remains of the Day and couldn't finish it - so that would have probably been a good choice for me too!

Sandy Nawrot 3/19/09, 2:03 PM  

Here are some that get raves, but I found myself somewhat annoyed...

Wuthering Heights - although I appreciate the author's ability to make me hate the characters, it was excutiating at times to read.

Twilight Series - loved the first one, the rest left me irritated.

Anything by Nicholas Sparks - maybe he is too commercial, perhaps too sappy...he is very readable but I always feel manipulated when I finish his books.

Anonymous,  3/19/09, 2:26 PM  

Both titles leave me cold. I'll continue to pass them up.

Anonymous,  3/19/09, 3:21 PM  

I started 100 Years awhile back but didn't get very far.

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 3/19/09, 4:18 PM  

I haven't been able to read Garcia either, though for me I think I tried Love in the Time of Cholera. The book I picked for today was Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro. So I sympathize with your choice of authors.

Anonymous,  3/19/09, 7:02 PM  

I loved The Remains of the day, but it is a book that I can see wouldn't be to a lot of people's taste. Marquez I have never got on with.

Nise' 3/19/09, 8:10 PM  

It has been fun finding out about what just didn't do it for us readers.

Anonymous,  3/20/09, 12:07 AM  

most anything from the new york times book review. i always try to read the top books of the year, but they typically leave me scratching my head, wondering what the heck i'm missing. i'm like to think i'm pretty well read...but pretentious literature makes me crazy. :)

Jenners 3/21/09, 10:00 PM  

I read "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (on my own, no less) and it was a bit of a struggle.

And I wanted to thank you for your wonderful suggestions for the classics I should read to plug in the holes in reading the classics. I appreciate the guidance! : )

Anonymous,  3/22/09, 12:52 PM  

I haven't yet read either of these, so I can't tell you what (if anything!) you missed :)

My worst "best" book has to be *Three Cups of Tea*. Great message, but poor writing holds me back from a whole-hearted endorsement of the book.

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